Turkey overview

Turkey offers sunshine, great beaches, world heritage sites, a fascinating history and an opportunity to try your haggling skills in the bazaars. It offers excellent value for money, the locals are friendly and the resorts are first class.

Istanbul is a beautiful city straddling two continents. Visit the stunning Blue Mosque and the Topaki Palace. For shopping, enthusiasts try the well-known bazaars of Uzunçarsi Caddesi and Istiklal Caddesi. For history buffs, the Gallipoli battlefields are just north of Istanbul.

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Along the west coast, there are several pretty coastal towns such as the lovely town of Bodrum with its yacht harbour. Antalya on the south coast is Turkey’s busiest tourist town, but there are many delightful little seaside towns nearby. Renting a car to explore this region is particularly rewarding.

Further south, along the Aegean coast, Ephesus is without doubt the most fascinating and best-preserved ancient Roman city in Turkey and includes Grotto of the Seven Sleepers, Ionia’s Temple of Diana and a 25,000 seat amphitheatre.

Accommodation in Turkey

There is a wide choice of accommodation in Turkey to suit all budgets. Prices tend to be higher in Istanbul and the tourist resorts. For those on a budget, it is possible to stay in a simple pension while those with deeper pockets can select one of Turkey’s charming boutique hotels.

Airports in Turkey

The best way to get to Turkey is by air. There are international airports at Istanbul (Ataturk International Airport), Ankara, and Izmir and some charter flights from European cities go direct to the resorts. There is also a car ferry to Turkey from both Italian and Greek ports but not to Istanbul. If you interested in travelling overland, Turkey has land borders with eight countries.